World's Largest Atom Smasher Briefly Disabled …. by a Weasel
It is one of many physics world’s most complicated machines, and it has been immobilized — briefly — by a weasel.
Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world’s largest atom smasher, the Giant Hadron Collider at CERN outdoors of Geneva, has suspended operations as a result of a weasel invaded a transformer that helps energy the machine and set off an electrical outage on Thursday night time.
Authorities say the incident was one in every of a number of small glitches that may delay plans to restart the collider by a couple of days.
Marsollier says Friday that the weasel died — and little stays of it.
Officers of the European Group for Nuclear Analysis, recognized by its French acronym CERN, have been gearing up for brand spanking new knowledge from the 17-mile circuit that runs underground on the Swiss-French border.